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New Commit to Connect Topical Guides

Commit to Connect recently released two new publications to help staff and volunteer leaders committed to addressing social isolation and loneliness develop and enhance social connection programs and interventions.

Social connection is vital for people living with dementia and their care partners because it contributes to a high quality of life and enhances health and well-being. The Supporting Social Connection of People Living with Dementia topical guide shares different programs and initiatives from organizations across the country that encourage social connection for people living with dementia. Readers will also learn recommendations for implementing effective programs, suggestions for communicating with people living with dementia, and resources to learn more about this topic.

Intergenerational relationships between young and older people have strong potential to promote social connection. The Intergenerational Engagement topical guide highlights different ways organizations are increasing intergenerational social engagement in their communities. Through either regular programming or informal gatherings, intergenerational programs are an opportunity for individuals of varying ages to interact, gain social connection, and contribute to their communities.

Funding for this initiative was made possible by contract no. HHSP233201500088I from ACL.  The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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